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  • Country ranking ?

    3 783
  • Producer ranking ?

    69
  • Decanting time

    1h.30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Slow Cooked Short Ribs

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The Story

The Château Lafite estate run by the Rothschilds is, with its 100 hectares of cultivated land, the largest of the main Pauillac vineyards.

It is located in the highest part of the area and the view from its château, with its conical towers that appear on the label, takes in the banks of the River Gironde, which flows nearby. The wines are a blend of four different varieties of grape – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Lafite matures slightly earlier than other Premier Cru wines in the region on account of the generous amounts of Merlot used, and it is this that also makes the wine more delicate and subtle than those wines which are completely dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Lafite has a soul, a beautiful, generous, kindly soul. Lafite turns bare earth into heaven. Lafite is harmony, a harmony between man and nature, because without our magnificent winegrowers, nothing would be accomplished.”
Baron Eric de Rothschild 


Of the five Premier Cru wines in the region, Château Lafite to my mind has managed to produce the year’s best wine in many of the top years in 1900th centrury. The times I have spent in the company of a 1934, 1953, 1959, 1982 and 1986 have been unforgettable. And it was then that I always remembered how many wine critics fondly describe Lafite as ‘the perfection of elegance’.

Vineyard soil: fine gravel mixed with aeolien sands on a bedrock of tertiary limestone
Production area: 103 ha
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (71%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%)
Average age of vines: 30 years
Harvest method: hand picked
Winemaking: the vinification is nowadays done with all the sophisticated instruments which modern oenology has created. Fermentation takes place in large oak vats in which the musts remain for 18 to 25 days.
Ageing: the wines are aged entirely in new barrels for 18 to 24 months. During this time,the wine is racked 7 times and is fined with the whites of 6 eggs per barrel. Only certain vats are selected to make the Grand Vin, Lafite. The others are used to make the second wine of Lafite, the “Carruades de Lafite”.

 

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Vintage 1948

Bordeaux 1948: An excellent vintage that had the misfortune to fall between two legendary vintages. Often when Bordeaux has three outstanding vintages in a row, one is often forgotten. The wines have aged extremely well and the best wines still tend to make excellent drinking today. 1948 wines will last for many years to come.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005 2000 1995
622€ +5.6% 589€ -7.0% 633€ +6.0% 597€ -66.1% 1 760€ +217.7% 554€ +282.1% 145€ +27.2% 114€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

ending

Long, Gentle and Pure

taste

Balanced, Well-Integrated, Firm, Ripe and Jammy

Verdict

Transparent and Intelligent

Written Notes

Château-bottled. The level was almost by the neck. Decanted one hour.A dark, opaque red fading gradually to a teak coloured rim. Rich and complex on the nose with a grand depth and aromas of spice, vegetal cassis and old oak. Fully flavoured, medium to full bodied and well balanced. An elegant but commanding wine with flavours of sweet fruit, cedar, coffee, spicy old oak and undertones of herbs, a silky texture, splendid concentration and a long, well balanced finish. The wine has been fully mature for over three decades already, but will still last another decade.

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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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